Blast From The Past: 1979

Open Entry has been gracing our members’ mailboxes and inboxes since 1974. Celebrating over 40 years of archival articles and updates, in the fall of 2014, MAA began scanning and posting all of Open Entry‘s issues for inclusion on the MAA website.


1979 brings us to Volume 6 of Open Entry!

Portion of Page 1 from the Winter 1979 issue.

Portion of Page 1 from the Winter 1979 issue.

The Winter 1979 issue includes a summary of the Fall 1978 meeting, held in Grand Rapids. The theme was “Early Archives and Archivists in Michigan,” and topics ranged from pre-Revolutionary War document preservation to the 1951 State Archives fire. A book review of Local History Collections: A Manual For Librarians is also a treat. Following job ads and announcements of acquired collections, James Craven, a conservator at the Bentley, provides detailed instructions and diagrams for the creation of a match box case.

Diagram from page 18 of the Winter 1979 issue.

Diagram from page 18 of the Winter 1979 issue.

The Summer 1979 issue begins with a brief blurb on Michigan institutions that received NHPRC grants in February of the same year. A summary of the Spring 1979 meeting, held in Flint, was also included in this issue. Public relations was the subject of the day, and in addition to learning about outreach, attendees inadvertently ended up on a local news broadcast! The Archives of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, located in Monroe, Michigan, is highlighted in a “Spotlight” article and an obituary for Michigan State University’s University Archivist William H. Combs can also be found in this issue as well.

Portion of page 2 from the Summer 1979 issue.

Portion of page 2 from the Summer 1979 issue.

Did something strike your fancy in our 1979 issues? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Response to Blast From The Past: 1979

  1. Rebecca B. says:

    I especially liked the item about DIA archivists rediscovering Diego Rivera’s preliminary drawings for the courtyard frescoes — timely! (“Archivists Re-discover Giant Drawings by Rivera for His Detroit Frescoes” on pp. 21-22.)

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